Pedestrian Bridges, Bike Path To Open To The Public In June

Workers clear rubble around the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk north shore extension in preparation for the pedestrian bridges to open next month. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

There will be three more additions to the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk that will soon be open to the public.

The two pedestrian bridges crossing the Chadakoin along the Riverwalk in downtown Jamestown and the Chadakoin Park Trail bike path will be available for use by the public in June. Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said they are planning a special ribbon cutting ceremony for all three additions once they are avilable for public use.

Teresi said the grand opening for the Chadakoin Park Trail will have two special guest included in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He said former Jamestown mayor and Lt. Gov. Stan Lundine and Cindy Hedberg Sorenson will participate in the ceremony. He added that city officials found a letter Sorenson wrote to Lundine when he was mayor in 1974 asking for city officials to construct a bike path by Chadakoin Park. Teresi joked that after 44 years, Lundine can add the Chadakoin Park Trail to his long list of accomplishments.

Additionaly, Teresi said the letter written to Lundine more than four decades ago is also unique because Sorenson’s relative Mikey Sorenson works for the city Public Works Department and worked on the bike trail that is nearing completion.

The Chadakoin Park Trail is considered Phase V of the Riverwalk. The bike path runs from Clifton Avenue to near McCrea Point Park. When completed, this section of the Riverwalk project will be a 10-foot wide blacktop bike and pedestrian path that will use the former J&W railroad bed that runs along the Chadakoin River from West Eight Street to Clifton Avenue. The cost of Phase V is $525,162. A state Environmental Protection Fund grant of $262,581 has been matched by the city with labor, materials and equipment.

Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said work is being completed on ramps leading to the pedestrian bridges, which is expected to be completed, weather permitting, in June.

The two COR-TEN steel superstructures that feature wooden decks, a rustic metal look and lighting were installed in October, with one bridge connecting the north shore and south shore of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk below the Washington Street Bridge and the second bridge connecting the Riverwalk’s north shore with Panzarella Park.

In October 2014, state officials announced the city would be receiving $1.6 million in funding for the construction of the two pedestrian bridges. The $2 million project required the city to use the $400,000 First Instance Urban Development Action Grant as the local funding match.